The following post is by Jeff Gossett, Arctic Submarine Laboratory’s ICEX 1-2011 Exercise Director.
This spring, we are conducting another submarine exercise in the Arctic with a large ice camp. A team from Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington (APL/UW) is already on the ice building the camp and I will be joining them later this week. Right now, the camp is drifting about 160 nautical miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska at about 73N/147W.
Unlike past years when I have written one-way internet “postcards”, this year we will using Facebook and other media to share the ICEX experience. Hopefully, this will make the information available to a wider audience and provide the opportunity for some interaction. Once I’m on the ice, I won’t have access to the internet myself but will be working through a Navy media team to exchange information. We also hope that this approach will encourage more of the ice camp participants to share their experiences.
I can’t really talk about what we will be doing yet other than we will have submarines
conducting testing at the ice camp. Over the course of the submarine’s time at the camp, I’ll pass information about what we are doing, the diverse and interesting people who will be working at and visiting the camp, and what it is like to live on a floating sheet of ice.
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